Professor Lawton is an authority on nonmarket strategy and business model innovation, particularly during corporate turnaround or in response to political risk. Much of his work explores organizational forms and strategy processes for engaging political and social actors and arenas. The research leverages institutional perspectives and extends capabilities theory beyond market settings and into the nonmarket contexts of corporate political activity (CPA) and corporate social responsibility (CSR). His research has explored and advanced our understanding of how the firm competes beyond market settings, partnering with government in industrial policy initiatives, engaging external stakeholders through intermediaries like trade associations, and managing and mitigating political risk when entering and embedding in foreign markets, particularly emerging economies. He teaches a course in International Strategy at Tuck.
Thomas C. Lawton is Professor of Strategy and International Business and Director of the Global Competitiveness Institute at Cork University Business School. He is a Visiting Professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and the University of Surrey, and an Associate at the Møller Institute, University of Cambridge. His research focuses on nonmarket strategy, international political risk management, and business model innovation. He has been awarded Newton Fund and British Academy/Leverhulme funding to investigate how companies design and develop nonmarket capabilities and to study the role of multinationals in institution building in Africa’s Great Lakes region. He has published eight books, including Breakout Strategy (McGraw-Hill, 2007) and Aligning for Advantage (Oxford University Press, 2014), and over 50 papers in journals such as Global Strategy Journal, Journal of World Business, and Strategic Organization. He is Associate Editor of Long Range Planning, and the Strategy Matters Series Editor for Routledge. Thomas has served as a non-executive director and is an internationally experienced consultant, speaker, and executive educator. He holds degrees from UCC and the LSE and a doctorate from the European University Institute. He is a Fellow of the RSA and Fellow of the CMI. He has held visiting and full-time faculty appointments at Cranfield University, EMLYON, Imperial College London, INSEAD, Open University, UC Berkeley and University of London.
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